Programs At Hanford Mills Museum

Woodsmen’s Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2016 10 am – 5 pm

Woodsmen's FestivalToday’s the Day! Foliage is at its peak, adding to the fall fun

Festival showcases logging, sawing and woodworking history

Come see the axes fly! The Woodsmen’s Club from the SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill returns to Hanford Mills to demonstrate cross-cut sawing, overhand and underhand chop, ax throwing and other lumberjack skills. The speed and precision of these talented college students is amazing to watch. We’ll also have a variety of woodworkers demonstrating their craft, and Pure Catskills, the Watershed Agricultural Council, the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership, and the American Chestnut Foundation will be on hand with information about the important work they do.  Throughout the day, there will be demonstrations in the water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. Bourbon & Branch, a local band that blends rock, blues, country, and folk, will perform 1 pm to 4 pm.

“The first mill was built on this site in 1846,” says Museum executive director Liz Callahan. “For generations and generations, Hanford Mills supplied the community with lumber and wood products they needed for their homes, businesses, and farms. The Woodsmen’s Festival celebrates this history, and is an opportunity to demonstrate how we still use water power to run the Mills’ machines. We also want to highlight the work of today’s woodworkers, craftspeople, lumberjacks, and organizations that work to protect and enhance our forests.”

The Woodsmen’s Festival features:

  • Woodturner Carl Stoner
  • GTO Woodturning
  • Traditional cooper Bob Allers
  • Woodcarver Roy Watson
  • A portable sawmill demonstrated by Seth Finch
  • Catharina Kessler of Promisedland Farms with her handmade Swedish style, traditional mittens and hats
  • Shaver-Hill Farm with a variety of maple products, including syrup and maple cotton candy
  • Awestruck Ciders, serving samples and bottles of premium hard cider
  • Gilson’s Native American Crafts
  • Tickled Pink BBQ with pulled pork sandwiches and snack items
  • Pie and chili sales from the Charlotte Valley Presbyterian Church
  • Steam-power demonstrations
  • Water-power demonstrations

The Museum’s museum shop will be open, offering Mill-made crafts, traditional toys, books and local products. Hands-on activities for kids include playing with gears and simple machines. Visitors can also view the new exhibit “The Wild Ones: Creatures of the Catskills” by Treadwell artist/poet Bertha Rogers. The interdisciplinary exhibit features portraits, artist books, photographs, poems, and an interactive video about the wild animals that live in Delaware County and the Catskills.

The Woodsmen’s Festival is included with regular Museum admission, which is free for children 12 and under, and Museum members.

Museum Neighbors residing in the following zip codes receive FREE admission (with proof of residency): 13757, 13739, 13786, 13750, and 13806.